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Mmm – sorry I couldn’t pinpoint it for you. I do remember having similar problems when I used a similar Sony camcorder but I did eventually get it working, although it <span style=”font-style: italic”>was</span> in front of me and obviously that isn’t the case here so I can’t see what’s going on with your setup. I use the Canon A1 now and I just plug it in without having to mess around, and it’s been a while since I had to, but I do remember it being a driver issue and not a faulty Firewire card issue. Maybe you could borrow a camera from a friend for an hour and try that first to confirm that the card is or isn’t OK before buying a replacement. I know they’re cheap but it won’t make your day if you’re left with exactly the same problem after buying one. You could also try connecting the camera to another machine to make sure the camera port is OK.
And yes, if your machine is due for a clean then you could check that the card is seated properly.
Anyway, good luck with it – I hope you get it working…
Oh, and a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.